Re: Ping: [PATCH v15 00/13] support "task_isolation" mode

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Tue Sep 27 2016 - 10:50:06 EST

On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 08:20:16PM -0400, Francis Giraldeau wrote:
> The args are valid, but the system has an unstable clock, therefore the
> operation is not supported. In the user point of view, maybe ENOTSUPP
> would be more appropriate? But then, we need to check the reason and
> can_stop_my_full_tick() returns only a boolean.
> On a side note, the NOSIG mode may be confusing for the users. At first,
> I was expecting that NOSIG behaves the same way as the normal task isolation
> mode. In the current situation, if the user wants the normal behavior, but
> does not care about the signal, the user must register an empty signal handler.
> However, if I understand correctly, other settings beside NOHZ and isolcpus
> are required to support quiet CPUs, such as irq_affinity and rcu_nocb. It would
> be very convenient from the user point of view if these other settings were configure
> correctly.
> I can work on that and also write some doc (Documentation/task-isolation.txt ?).

That would be lovely! Part of this documentation already exists in
Documentation/timers/NO_HZ.txt and also in Documentation/kernel-per-CPU-kthreads.txt

I think we should extract the isolation informations that aren't related to the tick
from NO_HZ.txt and put them in task-isolation.txt, perhaps merge kernel-per-CPU-kthreads.txt
into it or at least add a pointer to it. Then add all the missing informations as many things
have evolved since then.

I'll gladly help.